Wine Classes

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OTTO hosts wine classes twice weekly. These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in the front of the restaurant (the Enoteca). Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement our selection of wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team. For reference, all classes are $60 per person, unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity.

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

 

Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm  

Coastal Wine (October 7th)
Ultimately wine will always taste like where it’s from. Here we will showcase how the terroir and climate of these coastal regions affect how the grapes grow and the final flavor profile of the wine itself.
MAXEI, PIGATO, 2014
LIBRANDI, CIRO BIANCO, 2016
GRACI, ROSATO, 2016
MUSTO CARMELITANO, AGLIANICO, 2012
ALOIS, SETTIMO, 2014

 Through the Tuscan Hillside (October 14th) – $140
From Brunello to Chianti to Super Tuscans, it can sometimes be tough to differentiate. Here we’ll go through what sets each apart, all while still using dominantly the same grape.
LA GERLA, BRUNELLO DI  MONTALCINO, 2011
MONTEVERTINE, TOSCANA ROSSO, 2013
UCCELLIERA, RAPACE, 2013
TERRA ROSSA, BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, 2007
SAN GIUSTO A RENTENNANO, CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2011

 The Versatile Sangiovese (October 21st)
When most people talk about Sangiovese, they usually are thinking about Brunello or some big Super Tuscan. This class is to showcase how many different forms the grape can take, and also the different regions that you can find it being grown and used in great success.
SAN PATRIGNANO, AVI, 2011
LE PUPILLE, POGGIO VALENTE, 2011
VOLIERO, ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, 2015
SAN LORENZO, ROSSO PICENO, 2015|
CASTELLO DI RAMPOLLA, CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2014

I Ain’t Afraid Of No Volcanoes (October 28th) – 75$
Think you’re brave living in New York City? Come check out these producers that are making wine on active volcanoes. If you think they’re crazy, they’ll just tell you its just good for the vines.
TENUTA DI FESSINA, ETNA BIANCO, 2015
GRACI, ETNA BIANCO, 2015
VINO DI ANNA, JEUDI, 2015
CALABRETTA, V.V., 2007
BENTANTI, SERRA DELLA CONTESSA, 2012

 

    Tuesday Evening Classes at 6:30pm – $60 

The Odd Balls (October 3rd)
Most people who know a little bit about Italian wine will usually know Nebbiolo or Sangiovese, but Italian wine still has so much more left to be discovered. From Falanghina to Croatina, we’ll be talking about these lesser known grapes and show just how great these wines can be.
FERRANDO, ERBALUCE, 2015
TRE MONTI, ALBANA, 2015
TORRE DEI BEATI, ROSATO, 2016
RONCHI DI PIETRO, SCHIOPETTINO, 2014
DU CROPIO, SERRA SENGUIGNA, 2013

 Back to the Basics (October 10th)
Want to know how that grape went from vine to wine? Here we will go through the specific method of how wine is made, and show off some different producers that accentuate different steps throughout the process.
EDI KEBER, COLLIO BIANCO, 2015
KETTMEIR, MULLER THURGAU, 2015
BURLOTTO, ROSATO, 2016
TREDIBERRI, LANGHE NEBBIOLO, 2016
LI VELI, PRIMITIVO, 2015

 Veneto, the Vaudevillian Veteran (October 17th)
This class is all about the different stages and layer to explore through the Veneto. From Soave to Valpolicella to even a bit of rosé, We will showcase the amazing wines of the region and prove that they can stand right next to the likes of Barolo or any Super Tuscan.
CONTRA SOARDA, VESPAIOLO, 2016
FARINA, SOAVE, 2015
MONTE DEL FRA, BARDOLINO ROSATO, 2016
INAMA , CARMENERE, 2014
BUSSOLA, CA’ DEL LAITO, 2013

              Into the Alps We Go (October 24th)
A look into the uncharted region of Alto-Adige. With so much influence from its northern border, its no surprise what grapes you find in this area and the impressive feats the wines can achieve.
ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA, KERNER, 2015
NIEDRIST, WEISSBURGUNDER, 2016
KUENHOF, SYLVANER, 2016
MURI GRIES, LAGREIN, 2016
DE SILVA, SCHIAVA, 2013

Which Wine is Witch? (October 31st)
Definitely something more for our veteran class goers, but in the spirit of Halloween, we’re going to do a bit of a body swap. That’s right, in this class you’re the Sommeliers! We’ll be doing a blind tasting of some typical grapes you’ll find throughout Italy and let you try to figure out which one it is; giving hints along the way of course.

 

Information 

Reservation Information

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Please be advised that we do require a 4-guest minimum to hold all public wine classes. Should we be forced to cancel a class due to lack of participation, all guests will be provided with at least 24 hours advance notice. Though we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 6 guests in our public wine classes, private wine classes are available for groups of 6-24. For more information, please contact our Group Dining team at groupdining@ottopizzeria.com

Further Questions

If you have any further questions, please email us at vino@ottopizzeria.com or call us at 212-995-9559.

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